Rodgers signs for Valiants

Last updated : 17 January 2007 By ChalkDust
Luke Rodgers has played his last game in a Crewe shirt as the former Shrewsbury player will sign for the Valiants.
25-year-p;d Rodgers had been placed on the transfer list after he found first team action very hard to come by at Gresty Road.

A £30k price was placed on the player and with that a host of clubs expressed an interest in the Brummie born striker. Hereford United, Accrington Stanley, Swindon Town and Leyton Orient either expressed an interest or matched Crewe's valuation for the striker, but the player wanted to carry on playing in League One.

Martin Foyle told the official Port Vale site "I am delighted Luke is on his way. We needed fresh blood up front and he is different from what we have got already.

"He is small, aggresive and mobile and is just what we have been looking for and feel at £30k, we have got a good deal for the player who Crewe paid £100k back in July 2005"

Rodgers had scored three goals this season in League One as he partnered Michael Higdon at the start of the season. Overall Rodgers made 38 league appearances (20 as sub) and found the net 9 times. His last league goal was in Crewe's 2-2 draw against Chesterfield back in late November.
Rodgers scored the winning goal against Port Vale with a injury-time penalty that saw Crewe win that day 2-1 over their near neighbours and more recently Rodgers scored a hat-trick against Port Vale last week in a friendly.

Luke Rodgers (Crewe) Information
Date of birth
1 January 1982
Place of birth
Birmingham, England
Squad No.
Recent Career History By Club (1999 onwards)
DebutApps (+ sub)GoalsYellowsReds
27/09/200519 (20)910
 175 (30)72456
Recent Career History By Season (1999 onwards)
First App.Apps (+ sub)GoalsYellowsReds
05/08/20066 (7)310
27/09/200513 (13)600
07/08/200439 (1)8101
09/08/200335 (8)1591
10/08/200247 (0)20111
11/08/200141 (0)22132
19/08/200013 (14)721
24/09/19990 (7)000
Appearances 194 (+ 50 as sub); Goals 81; Yellow cards 46; Red cards 6